Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


The project focuses on the development of an experiment for an olfactory terrain vehicle localizing a moving gas source inside an enclosed environment using gas, airflow, and proximity sensors. The experiment simulates the movement of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) tracing the source of a leaking gas from another moving aircraft. A literature review was conducted to aid in the understanding of technologies and processes that have been used in similar experiments. The main accomplishments of the project include the selection of major design components such as the gas, robot, and appropriate gas sensors. Other accomplishments include the design and manufacturing of a sensor mount as well as the development of a robot motion control algorithm using Matlab and Simulink code and simulations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering